Japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata moved to Kamakura in 1934 and went on to include it in some of his stories, notably The Sound of the Mountain. This is a screenshot from the 1954 film of the book, showing Kamakura train station, which is just one stop away from Kita-Kamakura train station. For a set of pictures from the film, see here.
This beverage commercial pulls out the trope of the-only-passenger-left-at-the-out-of-the-way-train-station-is-a-high-school-girl, first seen here. Miharashidai station really is out of the way, on a branch line connecting Takamori to Kunamoto in central Kyushu where, I guess, they also have winter. The combination of high school girl and endangered branch line evokes a sense of the ephemeral quality of things, and can be used to sell bottled tea. Watch.
My complaint: if the Annapolis Valley were in Japan I'm pretty certain there would have been a morning train from Kingston Station to West Kings DHS when I was going to high school. The tracks ran right past my door and the school.
I think this story has the potential to be the equal and opposite of the Densha Otoko phenomenon. Twelve years ago the image of okatu as dangerously obsessive recluses was ameliorated by the story of the nerd who came to the rescue of a woman who was being threatened by a drunk on a train. Japanese media leapt on the plotline and produced a novel, four separate manga, a film, a play and a TV series. Since then otaku have moved into the mainstream of Japanese culture. But in December 2015 Asahi Shimbun published an article about a Hokkaido railway's decision to postpone the closure of an isolated train station because one student continued to use it to get to school. The railway decided to maintain the station (Kami-Shirataki) until her graduation. Unfortunately the publicity attracted a horde of train nerds who insisted on getting the student to pose for the camera, and the upshot is she stopped using the train. This would make a very neat bookend for the otaku era. Tomorrow is the closing date for the station. Source. Source.
Look here for a set of photos of Greenock Central Station as it is today.
Falkirk visit Cappielow. The Bairns occupy third place in the Championship table with 47 points. Morton are sixth with 28. In their two previous meetings Falkirk took a win at home and played to a draw in Greenock. Falkirk are a very good team hoping to elbow their way into the Premiership ahead of Hibernian.
Morton for their part have more points now than they earned the whole season of 2013-14.
With a win Morton can move into fourth place, if Raith lose to Livingston or tie.
[But Falkirk win 0 - 1. And Raith win. St Mirren beat Dumbarton and move to within a point of Morton. Dumbarton cannot win the division.]
The SPFL or Burntisland Shipyard -- Which Is Greater? Burntisland Shipyard of the East of Scotland League have faced SPFL sides five times in the Scottish Cup:
January 25th, 1936. A 2 - 2 draw against Dumbarton.
February 1st, 1936. Dumbarton won 4 - 2.
January 21st, 1939. Celtic won 8 - 3. Shipyard scored three against Celtic!
December 17th, 1977. Berwick won 4 - 1.
October 27th, 2007. Albion Rovers won 8 - 0.
Shipyard also lost to Ross County in 1934 and Elgin City in 1972, but both of those clubs were still part of the Highland League at the time.
Conclusion: the SPFL is greater.
It's the 2015-16 Svenska Cupen. The first two rounds were played in the fall. Now we're at the group stage: eight groups of four teams. The winner of each group moves on. Let's follow Östersunds FK, who are in Group 1. Today they visit IFK Norrköping, the best team in Sweden. [Norrköping win 4 - 0.]
It's also the Japanese Fuji Xerox Super Cup: J League champions Gamba Osaka versus Emperor's Cup winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima, at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. This is the official start of the football season in Japan. Attendance for this event runs at about 30,000 to 40,000. [Hiroshima win 3 - 1.]
Yoker versus Largs [postponed]
Mohun Bagan [1 - 0] SC Goa. [Mohun Bagan are undefeated after eight games and occupy first place in the Hero I-League.]